|Quick shot through the windscreen but sets the scene well.|
So we adjusted our expectations. Accepted that we probably wouldn't see a wolf, but that the bison and the elk and the pronghorn were really cool, and maybe if we were lucky we would see moose and big horn sheep. So you know where this is going right? Yes, we saw wolves, real, live, eat your legs off wolves!
|Lone wolf howl|
|While the wolf came 'close' he was still a long way off and it was quite dark but I was excited to get a photo at all! - Will|
We ended up seeing lots of different animals on that tour, including big horned sheep which, despite their creepy, evil goat eyes, are pretty darn cool. We had also been driving ourselves around the day before and seen some awesome things, like a huge bull elk. Then someone on the tour explained that since the snow was so deep in the park that year a lot of the ungulates (a term that generally means hoofed animals - but I had to look it up) had headed out of the park, so that afternoon, we headed out of the park too and saw where all the deer and elk and pronghorn and the big horned sheep were hanging out. Saw a pretty sweet little woodpecker too. I'm not going to tell you all about this, you can just look at the photos.
Note: You can click on any of the photos to get a pop-out slide show.
|Bull elk part of a large herd just outside the park entrance|
|Bald Eagle in flight|
|Big bull elk|
|Large male bison|
|Sometimes the conditions are less than hospitable for the bison and photographer|
|Bison herd near the park north entrance|
|Big horn sheep|
|Big horn sheep often gather in herds|
|Herd of mule deer|
|This is not actually the push-me pull-you from Dr Dolittle but two exquisitely posed pronghorns|